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Gr 3-7-This graphic novel takes the school story into outer space with humor, a bit of action, and a cast of unusual characters. Fish-out-of-water Bud catches the wrong bus and ends up far, far from home at Cosmos Academy, where Earthlings are not welcome. He befriends lime-green alien Gort, who shows him the ropes of the school. Posing as a Tenarian, Bud must figure out how to get back to his home planet while avoiding the wrath of Principal Lepton, a Lanthornoid fearful of Earthlings. The tone of the book stays on the lighter side while still touching on themes of fitting in and fear of the unknown. Bud's quest to return to Earth is full of secrecy, adding a splash of tension to the story. The book looks great, with vibrant, full-color artwork rendered in pencil drawings that have been digitally inked and colored. The panel layouts are basic and clear, adding to the inviting package. Fans of UFOs and aliens will enjoy this one.-Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"This graphic novel takes the school story into outer space with humor, a bit of action, and a cast of unusual characters. ... Fans of UFOs and aliens will enjoy this one." - School Library Journal

" The bright colors, bold strokes, and fun dialogue will appeal to budding fans of science fiction- Booklist

"An exhilarating hoot." The New York Times

"Fearing's sketchy, cartoony art is ideal for the story and keeps the action easy to follow. " - Publishers Weekly

"Great for reluctant readers, comic book lovers and those that just like a good space adventure" - Education.com

"Sure to capture students' imagination" - Library Media Connection
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bud got on the wrong bus. Not a big deal right? Right. That is, if that bus doesn't go into deep space to a school that is full of aliens that hate Earthlings! Bud got on that kind of bus. The kind with the aliens. He meets Gort McGortgort, another kid/an alien, who becomes his guide. Gort tells Bud that he can't tell ANYONE he is an Earthling because Earthlings are feared and despised (apparently all the aliens think Earthlings want to kidnap them). Gort and Bud become friends even though Bud is an Earthling. Gort does his best to get Bud home, but bad (and somehow completely funny) things keep happening! Will Bud ever get home?

I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out! I first read about it on Mr. Fearing's blog. I really like Mr. Fearing's illustrations and was happy to find out he was writing a graphic novel. I was not disappointed! I really did "laugh out loud" when reading this book! It was really likeable and hilarious! I really liked Bud and Gort. They were both good friends, nice and cool. I thought the plot was hysterical - Earthlings being feared and an Earth boy being trapped as the "new kid" in school. Mr. Fearing's illustrations and story really make this an awesome graphic novel. I thought "Earthling!" did really well as a graphic novel because it was cool to see how all the aliens looked and the pictures really added to the whole story. I recommend this graphic novel to kids 8+ and young advanced readers because it is a longer graphic novel that actually has a good, long story that you can really get into.
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My 4 year old son found this book at the library and we checked it out. He "read" it on his own and had made up a story to go along with it. When I read it to him that night he said, "Hey, that's not what happens, that's not what it says." The pictures are very engaging and well done. I love the story as written . . . son on the other hand has his own ideas. My son loved it so much we ended up buying it for him. Great read. Looking forward to more from this author.
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The artwork is expressive and fun, and most kids will enjoy this light romp through the universe. Don’t look for any great plot twists or scientific credibility, but there are some fun characters, a few laughs, and an obvious but positive theme. This is a great book for early readers who are in the transitional chapter book stage, but it is also a good book for an older struggling reader because the low reading level isn’t apparent to other kids. This book is simple, but long, so it is a good opportunity for early/struggling readers to be successful with a longer text.
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When I got a copy of Earthling! by Mark Fearing I read it straight away and have already reread the book a couple times. It is the sort of book I wish had been around when I was a kid. I would have become a reader much sooner if it was! The book is exciting, easy to follow, funny, clever, and something people of many ages can enjoy. I highly recommend this graphic novel! One of the best I have come across.
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I first read about this book in the New York Times Book Review and decided to get it for my eleven year old son. When it arrived I handed it to him and waited. I asked a little while later how the book was and he said "I finished it. It was 'boss'". Boss to an eleven year old is the best you can get. Once I was finally allowed to look at it--the newness has worn off--I decided to read it. It's a great book. The illustrations and the narrative are very compelling and smooth. I understand why my son was so focused and wanted to read it all in one shot. I would recommend it to any middle schooler who is looking for a fun read and an adult looking for a way to capture a child's attention with a book.
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Fantastic read! My 8-year-old son isn't a big reader, and hates chapter books. This graphic novel was a huge hit for us, and kept him reading. He was reading parts aloud to me, summarizing plot points, and just generally excited. This doesn't happen very often. Mark, please write a sequel!
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"Earthling!"
Written & Illustrated by Mark Fearing
(Chronicle Books, 2012)

This was a fun, fast-paced kid's graphic novel about a young Earth boy who accidentally gets on the wrong school bus -- this bus goes to a different galaxy, not a different building. Stranded a bazillion light years from home, he has to figure out how to get back and, as it turns out, he has to save planet Earth as well. It's a fun, lighthearted book that lots of kids can enjoy -- nothing really creepy or objectionable in terms of sex or violence... Just a giddy, imaginative romp, hanging out with some nice kids on the other side of the universe. Recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain childrens' book reviews)
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great fun ! -- and kids will be wishing they could play zeroBall in gym! Can't wait for the next one in the series!
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